Theological Relativism

From the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas students who successfully complete a program of study acquire a panoply of tools, because of which a graduate can go on to become a professional in fields requiring theological expertise. I was empowered by the panoply of tools that I acquired to become a professional Apologist, and am currently completing a major project in which elements (I call them Fallible Religious Constructs) within the vast, and ever expanding construct called Theological Relativism are defined, documented and disclosed. Theological Relativism is much like “Moral Relativism.”

Why I mention “Moral Relativism” is because I just read a Blog article by the Pastor of Living Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith Arkansas. Brother Jerry Grimes wrote the Blog Article in 2016 entitled: Where have all the Heretics gone? Posted March 18, 2016
-Retrieved from https://wrinkledwit.com/

Professional Christian Philosopher and Apologist Dr. William Lane Craig described the category known as Relativism accordingly,
Relativism is the view that something is relative rather than absolute. That is to   say, the thing in question (a truth, a moral value, a property) is the case only in relation to something else. For example, being rich is relative. Relative to most Americans, you’re probably not rich. But relative to the people of the Sudan, you are fabulously rich! By contrast, it is not just relatively true that the Cubs did not win the 2009 World Series. It is absolutely true that they did not win. Many people today think that moral principles and religious beliefs are at best relative truths: true, as they say, for you, but not true for me.”         Craig, William Lane (2010-03-01). On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision Kindle Locations 262-267. David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

Further, Brother Jerry Grimes affirmed: “There is no longer a bold line between right and wrong. There was a time when such a line was etched in stone for all to see. It was clear, non-debatable, a true compass for morality. But now the line of morality is drawn in the sand. As the tide of relativism rises, the waves of tolerance have washed the line away, the same waves will destroy a nation. The foolish man who built his house upon the sand could only watch as his house went splat!”

I likewise affirm: There is no longer a bold line between fallible and infallible. There was a time when such a line was etched in stone for all to see. Infallible truths were clear, non-debatable, a true compass for theology. But now, like moral relativism, theological relativism has drawn its line in the sand. As the tide of theological relativism rises, the waves of tolerance have washed the line away; regrettably, the same waves will destroy a nation. I concur that the foolish man who built his house upon sand (Fallible Religious Constructs) could only watch as his house fell: The words of Christ are infallible, and will never be washed away!

Brother Jerry Grimes further stated that in 2002 Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly (before Bill O’Reilly was ousted from Fox News) wrote an article where he asked “Why is it wrong to be right?” In this same article he cites “recent Zogby poll findings regarding what is being taught in American universities. Studies indicate 75% of American college professors currently teach that there is no such thing as right and wrong. Rather, they treat the questions of good and evil as relative to individual values and cultural diversity.” –Retrieved from https://wrinkledwit.com/

Alarming to this professional apologist is the masquerading of the fallible as the “infallible.” I am not interested in proclaiming all things heretical; for, one would not need to engage in the arduous profession of Apologetics were he simply wanting to denounce everyone who disagrees with him as a “Heretic.” Much more rather, this professional apologist applies his expertise toward the process of clearly demarcating the fallible from the infallible, restoring the bold line between the two.

I agree with Brother Jerry Grimes that “heretics” still exist; but, also, add to his alarm the fact that the bold line that once made “fallible and infallible” clear has likewise been erased like that line between “right and wrong.” Theological Relativism requires no spirit of Christ, no integrity, no professionalism, in order that one might present one’s preferred Fallible Religious Construct as an “infallible” truth from God’s Word. That which has been written is all but lost as the global internet generates endless e-platforms, e-schools, e-colleges, Social Media, and even e-Seminaries that are willing accommodate everything equally.

Matt Slick, President of CARM stated: “Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is relative to the individual. This means that all moral positions, all religious systems, all art forms, all political movements, etc., are truths that are relative to the individual.” –
-Retrieved from https://carm.org/what-relativism

Theological Relativism has afforded such an accommodating environment as to find advocates of Fallible Religious Constructs lauded as though they were “Defenders of the Faith,” rather than “Advocates of Fallible Religious Constructs.” Today, one will hear an adamant presentation by an advocate of Calvinism, and not once will the advocate define, document, or disclose the fallible elements within it.

As a trained, theological professional, I have observed a deliberate concealment of fallible elements to occur each time an unprofessional, amateur adamantly affirms that of which he is ignorant. Calvinism is not “equally valid” with that which the texts actually state. Numerous “fallible elements” are deeply embedded within Calvinism, Arminianism, Molinism, Traditionalism, and even Landmarkism. Therefore, then, the abandonment of any clear line according to which these “Fallible Religious Constructs” might otherwise be clearly demarcated from the infallible written Word of God, have all but disappeared.

Echoing the words of Brother Jerry Grimes: “How do we solve the problem? How do we preach the “absolute” truth of God’s Word to a world that thinks and says, ‘you are right and I am right, nobody is wrong?’ The main thing we can do is exactly what God has told us to do, share the Gospel of Jesus!”
-Retrieved from https://wrinkledwit.com/
Preachers of mixed-grace gospels have found a safe haven within today’s “everybody’s right” environment nourished and fostered by Theological Relativism; for, to graciously demarcate God’s Holy Word from some mental construct of a man is seemingly too much for those who subscribe to the mantra of Theological Relativism; specifically, that notion expressed in Ihab Hassan’s 1987 book The Post-Modern Turn in which he discussed “New Gnosticism,” stating:

Our own mental constructs, he claims, are our knowledge. Human beings are becoming “gnostic creatures constituting themselves, determining their universe by symbols of their own making,” and he indicates science fiction and fantasy literature as examples. As with ancient Gnostics, the traditional codes no longer determine our meaning. The traditional canon of texts no longer has authority. Hassan sees a vast “revisionary will” at work in our culture, unsettling and heterogeneous, and he quotes Jean-Francois Lyotard’s now famous clarion call of postmodernism: “Let us wage war on totality.”

–Retrieved from “The Nag Hammadi Library [Third, completely revised Edition]. 1988    by  James M. Robinson

Theological Relativists often banter between each other, comparing and contrasting one “Fallible Religious Construct” (FRC) with the other, generating such a flummox as to lead their audience to suppose that each FRC is “equally valid.” The question one need only ask: “Equally valid with what, the Scriptures?” Of course not, however, that is exactly the impression conveyed. As long as the FRCs are given equal hearing, then at no time does it occur to the audience that neither FRC was compared and contrasted with the Scriptures, misleading the hearer to believe that each FRC is equally valid, therefore, so also must the Bible, like the contrary FRCs, stand in contradiction.

The Christian Apologist, however, whose interest is in the Scriptures, like that of the Berean believers; namely, like those whose character demands that FRCs spoken by men be evaluated according to research within the Scriptures, in order to determine if those FRCs are actually infallible teachings in accordance with the Scriptures, or merely fallible expressions constructed by men.

The leading indicator of a FRC being presented as though it were infallible Scripture is the willingness of its advocate to compare and contrast it with another FRC, rather than with the Scriptures. For, as with anything to which one is favorably biased, an honest evaluation proves almost impossible. Thus, unless a student who acquires a panoply of tools is likewise willing to demonstrate the spirt of Christ, then he will avoid, at the cost of Christ’s cause, comparing and contrasting FRCs with the Scriptures, preferring to declare FRCs equally valid as the Scriptures.

Note: Panoply comes from the Greek word panoplia, which referred to the full suit of armor worn by “hoplites,” heavily armed infantry soldiers of ancient Greece. “Panoplia” is a blend of the prefix pan-, meaning “all,” and hopla, meaning “arms” or “armor.” (As you may have guessed already, “hopla” is also an ancestor of “hoplite.”) “Panoply” entered the English language in the 17th century, and since then it has developed other senses which extend both the “armor” and the “full set” aspects of its original use.
-Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com

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The Case for HYPER-GRACE: His Perfective Realities

Introduction

The One Person Who sets Christianity apart from all things “other-than,” is the Person Christ Jesus. He alone distinguishes Christianity from all things “other-than;” specifically, in His Personal acquaintance with His followers who are graced to always be believing and passioning on His behalf.

A letter to such people indicated that He conducts among His out-called congregations, assemblies, according as He pleases, as He chooses to grace them with His presence:
A revelation of Jesus Christ which the God gave to Him to display to His bond-slaves which things are necessary to come to be in quickness:

Indeed, He signified when He sent away through His Messenger to His bond-slave John, 2 who observed the Word of the God and the Observation of Jesus Christ whatsoever things he noticed.
3 Prosperous is the one who is reading, and the one who is hearing the words of the prophecy, that is, the ones who are adhering to the things which, having been scripted, remain scripted in it; for the term is near. 4 John, to the seven congregations, to the congregations in region of Asia: Grace to you and peace away from the One Who is being and the One Who was and the One Who is coming, and from the seven spirits which are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the Faithful Testifier, the First-product from the corpses and the Ruler of the kings of the earth: To the One Who is always loving us, that is, to Him Who loosed us away from our negative-observations in His blood, 6 and makes us a kingship: priests for the God, that is, His Father, in Him are the Opinion and the Might into the durations of the durations. Amen!

7 Notice! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will realize Him-even which certain ones who pierced Him-and all the tribes of the earth will mourn upon Him. Indeed, Amen! 8 The Controller God, the One Who is always being and Who was and the One Who is coming, the Almighty is saying: I Myself am the Alpha and the Omega. 9 I myself, John, your brother, that is, fellow- participant together in the pressure, that is, kingship and patience in Jesus, came to be on the isle, the one which is being called Patmos, because of the Word of the God and the Observation of Jesus. 10 I came to be in a spirit on the day of Controller, and I heard behind me a great voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: Write that which you are seeing into a document and send it to the seven congregations: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 Indeed, I completely turned to be seeing the voice which certain voice was speaking with me, and when I completely turned, I noticed seven golden candle-stands, 13 and in center of the candle- stands a similar one to Son of mankind who, having been clothed, remained clothed by a robe and who, having been strapped-around, remained strapped-around by a golden belt toward the chest.14 Further, His head, even the hairs, were white like white wool, like snow, and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 And His feet were similar to burnished bronze, which, having been heated in a furnace, continued to glow, and His voice was like a voice of many waters. 16 Indeed: He was One holding seven stars in His right hand and a sharp, double-edged long-sword proceeding outwardly, out from His mouth. And, His face was like the sun shining in its power. 17 And when I noticed Him, I fell to ward His feet like a corpse, and He placed His right hand upon me saying: I Myself am the First One, and the Last One, 18 and the One Who is living, and I came to be a corpse and notice, I Myself am living into the durations of the durations! Also, I am holding the keys of the Death and the Hades. 19 Write, therefore, the things which you noticed, and the things which are and the things being about to come to be after these things!

               His Grace is the One Who is always loving us, that is, His Grace is He Who loosed us away from our negative-observations in His blood! Negative-observation is that about which His Grace, our Controller, warned us; specifically, by stating: “The one who is making the negative-observation is a bond-slave of the Negative-Observation! ”

Why the Case for HYPER-Grace?

Craig (2009) asked and answered the question: “What is apologetics? Apologetics (from the Greek apologia: a defense) is that branch of Christian theology which seeks to provide a rational justification for the truth claims of the Christian faith” (Kindle Location 144). The Case for HYPER-Grace, His Perfective Realities is an apologetic approach that is focused solely upon the Bible’s Languages. Koine, wherefore, is a primary core of all that KOINE apologetics asserts. KOINE texts are considered accordingly:

In the fullness of time, God fulfilled His promise to send His Son. What made two thousand years ago the right time? The KOINE Greek Language! God’s perfect design was to use KOINE Greek when it was the COMMON language of the world so that every nation could understand the Right-announcement. More than that, KOINE is such a precise language, that when studied, one finds, like knowledge of the OT Hebrew, no need to be bound by the endless false dilemmas, empty arguments, and vain philosophies found among those that refuse any exodus from their “Egyptianity” into true Christianity.

KOINE facilitates our desire to come out and be separated from them: The Negative-Observers! In a culture dominated by observational ecumenism-It speaks negatively or more negatively; but, always negatively (once negative, always negative): It’s a virtual Negative-language, filled with a negation for all things gracious! KOINE stands forever to equip God’s out-called people to remain peculiar, uniquely His, in words and practice: To speak the language spoken by the martyrs throughout all the durations. KOINE teaches us the value of our New Covenant in the original language; empowers us to meet our greatest honor and privilege to represent as Ambassadors of His Grace, the truth about the Truth, the truth about, the Grace of God, in order that men might know exactly what Opinion the God, that is, the Father of His Grace intended to communicate to all the nations; namely, to demonstrate the Hope mentioned in Romans 5, that is, the Certainty, Which is not shaming us downwardly, because the Love from the God has been poured out in our particular hearts through Holy Spirit, the One which was given to us; 5:6 for as ones still being without strength, Christ died on behalf of irreverent ones according to a season; 5:7 for hardly on behalf of a just one will a certain one die; for on behalf of the good one, perhaps a certain one is even daring to die, 5:8 but, the God positioned His particular Love together onto us, because while we ourselves were still being devoted-ones-to-negative-observation Christ died on our behalf!

Because of Christ Jesus’ gracious love, His Love expressed by dying for us while we were still being “devotees” to negative-observation; chiefly, negative-observation of Him, His Father, the True and Living God was glad to collectively-position His Particular Love “onto us!” We, onto whom such Love has been lavished (collectively positioned), become freed from the former negative-observation; specifically, the negative-observation (a collective body of “voluminous” negations) of His Grace; for, His Grace died for us while we were still devotees toward the negation of Him!

Thus, the True and Living God did not leave us as orphans, dependent upon the theological traditions, customs, creeds, and confessions of unnatural parentage; especially, not as orphans abandoned to the negative-observation of Christ that we would have gladly continued to make against Him were it not for His love!
Romans 5:20 states: Moreover, law entered alongside, in order that the fall alongside might abound; but where the negative-observation completely abounded, the Grace completely abounded beyond it! This brief “KOINE Case” for HYPER-Grace will gladly demonstrate several of the ways, the Grace, Jesus the Christ completely abounded beyond the negative-observation which completely abounded against Him!

The Gospel of the Godhead demonstrates His Grace’s ability to completely abound beyond the negative-observation accordingly:

KOINE Πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς, ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ γεγέννηται καὶ πᾶς ὁ ἀγαπῶν τὸν γεννήσαντα, ἀγαπᾷ καὶ τὸν γεγεννημένον ἐξ αὐτοῦ.

KEV 1 John 5:1a. Everyone who is always believing that Jesus is the Christ has been previously fathered and is continuously (always) being fathered out from the God…
The word γεγέννηται is perhaps the most important term in soteriology; for it speaks of the act of God to “father” one from above, that is, out from Himself. John is writing to provide “divine insight” for those actually fathered from above, in order that they might “notice” that “they” are always having eternal life.

The word is in the perfect tense, which means that as (Davis, 1923) states “[it] expresses the continuance of completed action. It is then a combination of punctiliar action and durative action: This kind of action expressed by the perfect tense is sometimes called perfective action” (p. 152). A contemporary English term according to (Lamerson, 2004) is “εὕρηκά (found in Rev. 3:2). This is the famous word for ‘I found it’ that has essentially come across unchanged into our English language as ‘Eureka:’ It means that the person has found the answer to a particular problem and that the finding of this answer will have implications long after the actual finding is over” (p. 75).

For a child of God, then, that is, one who has been once fathered to discover that he is always being fathered out from the God, he gladly exults, stating: “I found it!” Namely, the one discovering this Perfective Reality within the Fatherhood of God likewise discovers how the Grace “completely abounded beyond (hyper)” the negative-observation!

The word γεγέννηται as a perfect tense describes for the child of God that the kind of birth experienced out from the God is a “perfect birth,” that is, a birth that is completed in the past with present, continuing results. The New Birth is a perfect birth. Thusly, the child of God is one who is fathered out from the God and continues to always be fathered out from the God; further, the child of God is one who (because of his birth out from the God) is continuously always believing (present tense-more on this later). Again, the discover is somewhat overwhelming as one so fathered learns that the reason for his willingness to “always” be believing (supporting) that Jesus is the Christ is due to the Perfective Reality of his Father’s fatherhood; namely, the once fathered always fathered reality of the Father within the Trinity, the Godhead!

The Son of God, as He Who of all men, is the Savior of the World, the Gospel of the Godhead discloses further insight into the “HYPER” nature of the Grace of the God, that is the Father of Jesus Christ by specifically opining the manner according to which the Son saves as a Perfective Reality that directly corresponds to the Perfective Reality of His Father’s paternity! As the Father fathers perfectly, so does the Son save perfectly:
KOINE τῇ γὰρ χάριτί ἐστε σεσῳσμένοι διὰ τῆς πίστεως καὶ τοῦτο οὐκ ἐξ ὑμῶν θεοῦ τὸ δῶρον
KEV For you are ones who, having previously been saved by the Grace through faith, you all are ones who are always being saved by the Grace through the faith: Indeed this particular gift [being once saved by the Grace (the Christ) through faith (Jesus’ faithfulness) from God is not out from you! Wow! As one who discovers the Perfective Realities of HYPER-Grace, a pause is often necessary (let the reader understand) to exult in the discover, rather the gracious disclosure of such unsurpassed (HYPER-graced) Truth!

The word σεσῳσμένοι is also in the perfect tense; however, it is a perfect passive participle (actually it is a periphrastic perfect participle: That’s another lesson). It describes for the child of God a deliverance that has been completed in the past and is continuing in the present. The agency in the passive participle is the Grace (a personification of the Jesus, the Christ) through faith (the faithfulness of Christ).

The Jesus, the Christ, delivered the child of God in the past and continues to deliver him presently, continuously…always: The “Always-part” opines the faith of Christ, which like the Perfective Reality of His faithfulness to once save us, proves Himself HYPER-faithful by continually, ALWAYS to be saving us. We are children who have been fathered perfectly, and; because of such, the Kinsman-Redeemer, the Son of God, our Savior saves us perfectly! The child of God: Perfectly fathered, now discovers her or himself to be perfectly saved! HYPER-Grace, indeed!

Likewise, as the Godhead is One, that is, One Great God expressed in three Mighty Persons, then, also does His Gospel, that is the Gospel of the Trinity, the Godhead, disclose Holy Spirit’s role in securing the HYPER-Graced Fatherhood by God the Father of Jesus, and the Salvation by Jesus the Son of God; namely,

Ephesians 1:13 in Whom also you yourselves, when you heard the word of the Un-concealment : the right-announcement of the deliverance of you, in Whom also, when you trusted you were sealed by the Holy Spirit of the complete-announcement, 14 Who is Guarantee of the inheritance of us by Christ, unto redemption of the complete-product, unto upper-praise of the Opinion of Him, 15 because of this, indeed, I myself, when I heard the faith according to you in the Controller Jesus and the love unto all the holy ones, 16 am not pausing for myself, while rightly-gracing on behalf of you, making a mention upon the prayers from me, 17 in order that the God of the Controller of us Jesus Christ, the Father of the Opinion, might give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in complete- knowledge of Him!

The Perfect Holy Spirit, One of the Three Persons of the Godhead is the “Guarantee” of the inheritance of us by Christ! The idea of one losing one’s salvation is not even a good Bible question: The good Bible question, the question that would reflect at least an elemental knowledge of the Gospel of the Godhead would be:

“Can those inherited by Christ, that is, those who were once fathered, and are presently always being fathered out from God the Father of Jesus, who are also ones who, having been saved by the Grace through His faithfulness are presently ones always being saved by the Grace through His faithfulness, who are also ones signified, that is, sealed with the Holy Insignia, Who is Himself Holy Spirit of the Godhead, Who is the Guarantee of their inheritance by Christ: Can these new creatures in Christ Jesus, fathered-from- above-ones be un-fathered by the Father, Who once fathered them and Who always fathers them; can they be unsaved by the Son Who once He saved them through His faithfulness; particularly, His faithfulness to perfectly save all those whom His Father fathered and gave to Him; can these ones be unsealed by Holy Spirit Who is Guarantee of the inheritance of them by Christ…can the Holy Spirit cease being the Guarantee?

A HYPER-Question, indeed! But, truthfully, one that reflects the scope and magnitude of that which is required for properly framing any question; namely, a certain degree of knowledge of the Gospel of the Godhead! Practitioners of Anti-Grace do not possess enough Bible knowledge to even ask this type of question.

The Love of God:
The Cause of His HYPER-Grace
Of the Perfective Reality of God’s Love, Of His Grace’s love for us, the KOINE text says: “We are ones who, having been loved, are continually (always) being loved by Him.”
A KOINE Text:
Colossians 3:12 Endow, therefore, as chosen ones of the God, holy ones, even ones who, having been loved, are ones always being loved, internal organs of compassion; kindness, low mindedness; meekness, long-suffering, 13 forbearing one another: Indeed, as ones being graced! If anyone may be holding a complaint toward anyone, then just as the Controller graced for you all,
then in this manner also you yourselves grace for each other!
The Love is a Person named Jesus:
“If I may be speaking with the languages of the men and of the announcers, but may not be having love, then I have come to be and continue to come to be sounding brass or a clanging cymbal, and if I may be always having a prophecy and might notice all the secrets and all the Knowledge, and if I may be having all the faith so as to be always removing mountains, but may not be having love, then I am absolutely nothing, and if I might bestow all my basic things and if I might deliver my body, in order that I might be burned, but may not always be having love, then I am profiting not even one thing:
The Love is longsuffering.
The Love is using kindness.
The Love is not envying.
The Love is not boasting of Himself.
The Love is not puffing Himself up.
The Love is not acting unbecomingly.
The Love is not seeking the things of Himself.
The Love is not being provoked.
The Love is not rationalizing the evil thing.
The love is not rejoicing upon the injustice, but
The Love is rejoicing together with the Un-concealment.
The Love is covering all things of Un-concealment.
The Love is believing all things of Un-concealment.
The Love is certainly expecting all things of Un-concealment.
The Love is enduring all things of Un-concealment.
The Love is never at any time failing.”

TEXT: John 3:16

KOINE Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ᾽ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον

KEV for the God loved the world in this manner; consequently, He gave His particular Mono-genetic Son, in order that everyone who is always believing into Him might not be destroyed, conversely, in order that he may always be having durative life!
The most beloved text in the entire Bible, John 3:16 is filled with certainty, hope, commitment, faith, love and joy for all that read it; however, because “ignoring KOINE” has been, and continues to be somewhat prevalent, even John 3:16 has come under the flummox of those that aspire to “defend” it, or “properly interpret” it: Both sides of the fallacious argument tout their good intentions; but, what of the text when it is returned to its original context and taught according to its original purpose?
John 3:16 states that God the Father’s love for the world of lost devotees to negative-observation-the sending of His Son-was in order that every devotee to negative-observation who is always believing (continuous action-linear) into Him might not be destroyed; conversely, he may always be having (continuous action) durative life!
So, then, the term ἵνα identifies the purpose for the manner in which God loved the world of lost devotees to negative-observation; specifically, in order that every devotee to negative-observation who is always believing might not be destroyed.

The reader recalls that one who is continually (always) believing is one that was first fathered out from God, from above; consequently, that devotee to negative-observation fathered from above had first believed (supported-deliberately caused her or himself to believe) the Gospel (the things written in John’s Gospel).

So, when reading John 3:16, one sees God’s manner of love for the world of lost devotees to negative-observation: A manner of love that made a provision for those that believe (deliberately cause themselves to support) the Gospel, then they are fathered out from God, then; because of the birth out from the God, they are continuously (always) believing into Him.

But, when KOINE is ignored, religionists of every stripe suggest that the text speaks only to some, while others tout that it speaks to all; however, the clear purpose indicated by KOINE “in order that every lost devotee to negative-observation who is always believing might not be destroyed” is also governed by the super-ordinate purpose for the entire Gospel of John; namely, in order that you all might believe (punctiliar action-the simplest form of action) that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God! Minding-after the KOINE text finds the reader enjoying John 3:16 precisely because it demonstrates God’s gracious provision for everyone who is (always) believing (continuous action), in order that you all (that read it, or hear it preached) might believe [deliberately cause yourselves to believe] (punctiliar action-the simplest form of action).

Therefore, in KOINE, one rejoices that the text John 3:16 resulted to have been scripted and remains scripted, in order that you all might believe! KOINE knows of no reason for the arguments about John 3:16 except for the singular act of “ignoring KOINE.” Jesus came to call the devotees to negative-observation to an after-mind.

Perfect Tense:
The Perfective Reality of HYPER-Grace
The basic thought of the perfect tense is that the progress of an action has been completed and the results of the action are continuing on, in full effect.
 Of the Perfective Reality of the Scriptures, KOINE says: They “have been written and are continuing (always remaining) on record, in full effect!”
 Of the Perfective Reality His Grace’s work to glorify (opine) His Father, Jesus said: “It has been finished, and the results of the action are continually (always) in full effect!”
 Of the Perfective Reality of His Grace’s, that is, Christ’s Crucifixion, the KOINE text says: “Jesus is One Who, having been crucified, is One Whose crucifixion results in benefits which are continuing-on in full effect.”
 Of the Perfective Reality of His Grace’s love for us, the KOINE text says: “We are ones who, having been loved, are continually (always) being loved by Him.”
 Of the Perfective Reality of His Father’s paternity, KOINE says: We “have been fathered, and are continually (always) being fathered, in full effect!”
 Of the Perfective Reality of how Jesus saves us, the KOINE text says: “We are ones who, having been saved by the Grace through His support, are ones continually (always) being saved by the Grace through His faith!”

The Article: Jesus is God;

Baptism and the Gospel of the Godhead

TEXT: Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
KOINE προσδεχόμενοι τὴν μακαρίαν ἐλπίδα καὶ ἐπιφάνειαν τῆς δόξης τοῦ μεγάλου θεοῦ καὶ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
The ambiguity achieved by the English translations was neither intended, nor the belief of the original translators; nevertheless, the text is often the subject of a superimposed (imported) interpretation; specifically, the assertion that the phrase “the great God” is referring to the Father and the phrase “our Savior” is referring to Jesus Christ.

The KOINE text does not abandon the reader to decide if the phrases are referring to one person or two. Consequently, then, when communicated according to KOINE, the reader clearly reads the text accordingly: “…the great God, that is, our Savior, Jesus Christ.” According to KOINE’s usage of the “Article” the term “and” can be translated according to KOINE as “that is.” It is thusly translated because of a “Common” KOINE formula for nouns joined by “καὶ (and)” (Summers, 1950) simply states: “If the first of the two nouns has the article and the second does not, the two are one person (or thing)” (p. 130). The first noun in Titus 2:13 is “God,” that is, the God. The second noun is “Jesus Christ.” The formula, then, translates the text as “…the God…that is, Jesus Christ. The text refers to one person, according to KOINE, not two.

TEXT: Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

KOINE ὁ πιστεύσας καὶ βαπτισθεὶς σωθήσεται ὁ δὲ ἀπιστήσας κατακριθήσεται
Applying the KOINE formula for “conjoined nouns” when the first has an article and the second does not to the verbal substantives in Mark 16:16 by only changing the word “and” to the phrase “that is” allows the text to read accordingly: “He that believeth, that is, is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Thusly, one realizes that the writer is speaking of “one thing” not two.

The one thing about which KOINE is speaking is “believe.” The term “baptized” further describes “believe.” Thus, KOINE does not support any traditional construct that would impose or extract a “baptismal regeneration doctrine onto or out from this text. KOINE dissolves the embarrassing difficulty associated with this text.

The HYPER-Grace Effect:

The Present Tense
KOINE 1 John 5:1 Πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς, ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ γεγέννηται καὶ πᾶς ὁ ἀγαπῶν τὸν γεννήσαντα, ἀγαπᾷ καὶ τὸν γεγεννημένον ἐξ αὐτοῦ.
1 John 5:1a Everyone who is always believing that Jesus is the Christ, has been previously fathered (and continues to always be fathered) out from the God…
Returning to this text allows the HYPER-Graced child of God to discover how the “present tense” further discloses the HYPER-ness of the HYPER-Grace Gospel. KOINE’s unsurpassed character will so disclose the Effect of the Gospel of the Godhead as to demonstrate the effect of HYPER-Grace to be that which is called the present tense “kind of action.”

As (Davis, 1923) states: “The main idea of tense is the ‘kind of action.’” Further he observes: “Continued action, or a state of incompletion, is denoted by the present tense -this kind of action is called durative or linear” (p. 25). In the text, 1 John 5:1, KOINE places “fathered” out from God prior to the participle “everyone who is always believing.” This participle is a “present” active participle; and, as such, its action is a continuous, durative kind of action: Linear. Linear has as its root the term “line.” For the critical observer, formatting the text according to KOINE will find the “fathered out from the God” to be antecedent to the continuous “always” kind of action “believing.”
HYPER-Grace is a “Flummox-free” Gospel:

The Benefit of the HYPER-Grace Effect
The entire difficulty of a major “Theological Flummox” [and a great bottle-neck for the HYPER-Extension of God’s Grace to all the nations] lies in this one text; specifically, by ignoring the present tense [the sustained effect of HYPER-Grace] which conveys continuous, durative, that is, linear action; religionists, on the one hand, import the idea that one is “fathered out from the God” prior to the Aorist tense (punctiliar) “kind of action,” believe; while on the other hand, other religionists do not attribute to the perfective reality of being “once fathered out from the God, always being fathered out from the God: ” The cause or basis for the continuation or duration of faith, the very cause of a believer to always be believing!

That is, by the oversight, the blind-spot caused by the Flummox, the “pre-regeneration faith” and “lose one’s salvation” sects endure until this day; for not one religionist can find within the KOINE Greek New Testament (any of the Greek New Testament texts), any occurrence in which the “New birth-the birth out from the God” appears prior to the punctiliar kind of action called Aorist. Neither can any religionist locate any text which does not attribute to the new birth the continuous kind of action conveyed in the present tense; for in 1 John alone “fathered out from the God” precedes numerous occurrences of the “durative, continuous” kind of action: All in the present tense; all attributing their continuation to the new birth-one being fathered and always being fathered out from the God!

The HYPER-Grace Gospel, the Gospel of the Godhead, promotes the freedom and exhilaration to proclaim “the Grace” of the Gospel: The Gospel of the Glory of His Grace. HYPER-Grace promotes the freedom to recognize other HYPER-Graced believers by their fruits, rather than, by their forensics!

Furthermore, a KOINE TEXT: John 20:31 states: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

KOINE ταῦτα δὲ γέγραπται ἵνα πιστεύσητε ὅτι ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἵνα πιστεύοντες ζωὴν ἔχητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ

KEV On the other hand, these things have been scripted and remain scripted [abiding in full effect], in order that you all might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and in order that, while believing, you all may be having life in His name.
The reader notices that in the KJV, the translators distinguished the Aorist and Present tenses by the terms “believe,” and “believing.” Notice “believe-aorist tense, punctiliar action,” and “believing-present tense, linear action.” John the Apostle carefully indicated in the KOINE text by the use of the two KOINE forms of the verb: πιστεύσητε and πιστεύοντες.

The first form is Aorist tense and translates as “believe.” The second is a Present tense and translates as “believing.” John the Apostle is he who placed “fathered out from the God” prior to the continuous kind of action and; here in this text of John 20:31, he places the “written things” prior to “believe.” The KOINE text places the “written things” prior to the aorist kind of action “believe,” and “fathered out from the God” prior to the present tense kind of action “believing.”

The KOINE “Common” language does not support the Flummox which view’s that “fathered out from the God” precedes the Aorist kind of action “believe.” Neither does the KOINE text support the Flummox which denies that the present tense kind of action “believing” is the result of the antecedent act of “fathered out from the God.” Neither side of the “Fabulous Flummox” follows the KOINE formulation, that is, neither systemic mental construct is derived from, nor reflects the KOINE text.

The Perfective Reality of the Gospel’s Purpose to have been written with the results continuing on, always in full effect!

TEXT: John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

KOINE ταῦτα δὲ γέγραπται ἵνα πιστεύσητε ὅτι ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἵνα πιστεύοντες ζωὴν ἔχητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ
KEV On the other hand, these things have been scripted and remain scripted, in order that you all might [deliberately cause yourselves] to believe [the simplest form of action] that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and in order that, always believing, you all may be always having life in His name.

The word ἵνα is a conjunction that according to (Dana & Mantey, 1927) “Its most common occurrence is in purpose or final clauses, and it occurs regularly with the subjunctive mood…Its full translation when final is in order that” (p. 248). This usage indicates that the purpose for “these things [to] have been scripted, and remain scripted” was in order that you all might believe (punctiliar action-the simplest form of action) that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and (it’s a compound purpose) in order that by believing (linear action-continuous action), you all may be having (continuous action-linear) life in His name.

Therefore, the lessons, the signs, and all the content of the Gospel of John according to which the written things, signs are contextualized are all, each one, scripted for the express purpose that you might believe! Following texts will illustrate the tragic results of ignoring KOINE, that is, the purpose that KOINE indicates by its use of the conjunction ἵνα.

TEXT John 6:44, 45 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

KOINE οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐλθεῖν πρός με ἐὰν μὴ ὁ πατὴρ ὁ πέμψας με ἑλκύσῃ αὐτόν καὶ ἐγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἔστιν γεγραμμένον ἐν τοῖς προφήταις Καὶ ἔσονται πάντες διδακτοὶ τοῦ θεοῦ πᾶς οὖν ὁ ἀκούσας παρὰ τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ μαθὼν ἔρχεται πρὸς με

KEV Not even one is able to come toward Me if the Father Who sent Me might not draw him, and I Myself will stand him up in the last day. It is having been scripted and remaining scripted in the prophets: And all will be instructed ones of God. Everyone who hears from alongside the Father, that is, who learns is coming toward Me.

The singular act of “ignoring KOINE” will again demonstrate the unnecessary difficulties by which so many KOINE Christians are plagued; specifically, the negation of the proper use of the above text. When using a text-the student of KOINE will find every text, like love, to be useful-like John 6:44, 45, the practitioner of KOINE will not find the assumptions that cognitive, or affective biases generate to diminish the returns in his search of the unsearchable riches: He will be richly rewarded.

The text above is a response by Jesus to religious “grumblers” who presumed to withhold their allegiance from Christ, rather preferring to diminish and ridicule Him and those that followed; however, Jesus startles them with His audacious remark that found their grumbling vain or empty. He clearly stated that not even one man is able to come toward Him if the Father Who sent Him might not draw that person. Recalling the purpose of all the “written things” in John’s Gospel; specifically, that they were written in order that you all might believe, the KOINE Christian can quickly dispel any superimposed ideas traditionally imposed upon this text. For, the text is clearly explained by Jesus Himself concerning those whom the Father refused to “draw” toward Jesus His Son.

Remember, it was written in order that you all might believe! So, when that purpose governs the text, then verse 45 becomes very helpful. Jesus said “It is having been scripted and remaining scripted in the prophets: And all will be instructed ones of God. Everyone who hears from alongside the Father, that is, who learns is coming toward Me.”

Thusly, Jesus establishes that the Father-God is He Who sent the prophets, the prophets bore witness of the coming Lamb from God-they preached the Gospel to everyone-(all were instructed to cause themselves to listen and learn the gospel) and those that listened and learned the gospel from the prophets whom the Father, that is, God sent was “coming toward Jesus!”

Coming toward Jesus was only because the Father sent prophets-forerunners ahead of Christ-and only those that listened (punctiliar action) and subsequently learned (punctiliar-the simplest form of action) came to Him. Thus, Jesus indicted the religionists then as He does so today for presuming to “come to Him” apart from that which the Father did; specifically, to “draw” them to Jesus. The religionists wanted to presume that rejecting Jesus had no relationship with their refusal to “listen and learn” from His Father, the True and Living God.

The super-ordinate purpose for the lesson, like all the written things in John’s Gospel, was in order that you all, unlike those indicted ones depicted in John’s Gospel, might [deliberately cause yourselves to] believe (simplest form of action) that Jesus is the Christ (something the religionists did not do; for they would not believe the prophets whom the Father sent; namely, the message of Jesus that they preached).

TEXT: John 10:11 I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

KOINE: Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλός ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλὸς τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ τίθησιν ὑπὲρ τῶν προβάτων
KEV: I Myself am the excellent Shepherd. The Excellent Shepherd is placing His soul on behalf of the sheep.

A Scripture of great comfort and one of incomparable disclosure of the love of the Good Shepherd, John 10:11 has sustained KOINE Christians throughout the durations, finding them trusting the One that loved them so much as to give his life for them, His sheep. By the singular act of “ignoring KOINE,” this glorious text is impugned by other minds, seeking only to impose their purpose onto the Gospel. Jesus giving of His life for the sheep is a written record of His exclusive work that was incomparable to that of religionists, that is, hirelings.

The purpose for the text “I Myself am the excellent Shepherd. The Excellent Shepherd is placing His soul on behalf of the sheep” was not in order that one might “pick a side” among the fallacious arguments generated by the singular act of “ignoring KOINE,” on the other hand, these things have been scripted and remain scripted, in order that you all might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and in order that, while believing, you all may be having life in His name. Ignoring KOINE cannot be over emphasized; for, some of the most powerful texts of all Scripture are reduced to “talking points” or mere fodder for foolish speech.

How does the text of His love for His sheep become subjected to questions like: “For whom did Jesus die?” He died for His sheep! But for the singular act of “ignoring KOINE” the account of Jesus’ death for His sheep was scripted and remains on record, in order that you all might believe that He is the Christ!

The account would not have been, nor remain very efficacious in achieving its purpose for having been written, and remaining on record were it to have stated that “The Good Shepherd gives His life for the wolves!” The deliverance provided by the Good Shepherd also includes for His sheep “Deliverance” from wolves, as well as, from their negative-observations! Amen!

Aorist Tense

TEXT: John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

KOINE ταῦτα δὲ γέγραπται ἵνα πιστεύσητε ὅτι ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἵνα πιστεύοντες ζωὴν ἔχητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ
KEV On the other hand, these things have been scripted and remain scripted in order that you all might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and in order that, while believing, you all may be having life in His name.

As (Davis, 1923) states: “As has already been learned, the fundamental idea in tense is ‘kind of action’…The aorist tense expresses action in its simplest form—undefined…the aorist tense treats the action as a point” (p. 78). One aspect of the Good News about the Gospel is the fact that its purpose is in order that you all might believe that Jesus is the Christ!

The kind of action expected to be performed by the hearer of the gospel is the “simplest form of action.” While religionists “qualify” the idea of man’s ability or lack thereof, the gospel of His grace actually “quantifies” man’s ability by expecting only from a hearer of the good news, the gospel, the right-announcement the performance of the simplest form of action; namely, “believe!”

The Gospel of John, that is, the Miracles of Jesus within their “contextual narratives” is written for the purpose that one might perform the simplest form of action “believe.” The Fabulous Flummox states that this simplest form of action cannot be performed prior to one being “fathered out from the God;” however, KOINE does not concur.
KOINE places the HYPER-Grace Gospel-the Gospel of the Godhead along with all of its Perfective Realities “prior to” the simplest form of action “believe.”

Further, KOINE records that “fathered out from the God” to be that which is antecedent to the continuous form of action “believing.” Understanding the aorist, like understanding the present tense forever dissolves the embarrassing difficulty that has unnecessarily plagued the Gospel of the Godhead for centuries. But, praise be to God, KOINE removes the plague once for all!

Confession according to a KOINE Context

I John
1:9 If we are always similarly-speaking our particular negative- observations, then He is a Faithful One, and a Just One, in order that He might release the negative-observations for us and might purify us away from all injustice,
1:10 If we might say that we have not previously negatively- observed, with the results of that previous negative-observation continuing presently in full effect, then we are making Him a liar, and His particular Word is not in us.
O my, with the “much ado about nothing,” the fact that advocates of HYPER-Grace are always being accused-categorized-has become quite an unnecessary preoccupation for those religionists who “once they accuse, they seem to always accuse” preachers of the Gospel of the Godhead; especially, those preachers who proclaim it according to its perfective realities.

Nevertheless, as a mere commoner, this author shall call the reader’s attention to the text as it is commonly expressed; namely, “1:9 If we are always similarly-speaking our particular negative-observations….” The text clearly speaks of a condition of “always speaking-similarly,” (otherwise known as confessing). Because of the avoidance, oversight, or intended omission of the “kind of action,” indicated; specifically, the “continuous-always” kind of action, then the reader remains enslaved to mere speculation about the one to whom or about whom this speaks.

Having, therefore, established that one of the HYPER-Grace Effects is the “continuous-always” kind of action that follows its conveyance, then, the only persons meeting the condition: “If we might be always (continuously) similarly-speaking our negative-observations.” This condition is not an “episodic, event-based agreement” into which a child, who, once fathered out from the God is always being fathered out from the God would find possible to engage; primarily, because “we who are always being fathered by the father, and always being saved by the Son, and who are sealed by Holy Spirit Who is the Guarantee of the inheritance of us,” cannot agree more with (be speaking similarly) God concerning our particular negative-observations than “always.”
Graciously, this is a HYPER-Grace Effect; namely, the sustained, continuous agreement with God concerning our negative-observations. This condition, always speaking-similarly with God, is like the numerous other HYPER-Grace Effects mentioned in 1 John; particularly,

1 John 2:29 If you all might have noticed and continue to notice that He is a Just One, then you all are always knowing that also everyone who is always doing the justice has been fathered, and continues to be fathered out from Him.
(Positive) Observation: The reader need only notice that it is he who has been, and continues to be fathered out from the God who is “always doing the justice!”
1 John 3:9 Everyone who, having been fathered previously, and continues to be fathered presently out from the God is not negatively-observing, because His seed is abiding in Him and he is not able to be negatively-observing, because he has been fathered, and continues to be fathered out from the God.

(Positive) Observation: Again, the reader need only to notice that he who is not “negatively-observing” is he who has been fathered and continues to be fathered out from the God. The child of God, so fathered, is not able to be negatively-observing; especially, negatively-observing the Grace of God Who has completely-abounded beyond negative-observations against Him, His righteousness, His Holy Character.
Certainly, the reader can notice that to negatively-observe the Grace from the God, to negatively-speak concerning His Grace is to demonstrate an ability unknown to the one fathered out from the God.

So, as negative-Slanderous Reports-continue to be made against the HYPER-Grace Gospel, the Gospel of the Godhead, one can be assured that such negative-observations are not generated from anyone who, having been fathered out from the God, continue to always be fathered out from Him!

1 John 4:7 Beloved ones, let us be loving one another, because the Love is out from the God and everyone who is always loving has been fathered, and continues to be fathered out from the God and is always knowing the God.
(Positive) Observation: The reader again notices the HYPER-Grace effect of having once been fathered, and always being fathered out from the God; namely, always loving!
1 John 5:1 Everyone who is always believing that Jesus is the Christ has been fathered, and continues (is always being fathered) out from the God and everyone who is always loving the One Who fathers is also always loving the one, who, having been fathered, is always being fathered out from the God.
(Positive) Observation: As thus far stated, the reader notices, again, the HYPER-Grace Effect of being one who, having been fathered is always being fathered out from the God; namely, He is always believing that Jesus is the Christ! The Gospel of the Godhead-the HYPER-Grace Gospel demonstrates correlated relations among the Godhead. Those fathered by the Father of Jesus are ones always supporting that Jesus, the Son of the Father is the Christ!
1 John 5:4 because everything which, having been fathered is always being fathered out from the God is always overcoming the order and this is the victory: Our particular faith, the faith which overcomes the order.
(Positive) Observation: The “thing” once fathered and always being fathered is always overcoming the world-order: Our particular faith. This faith is that faith which accompanies the new birth, a faith that corresponds to and with the new creation in Christ Jesus that we are always being!

Thus, the condition: “Always speaking-similarly with the God concerning our negative-observations” is only met by those who, having been fathered are always being fathered. This “continuous” agreement, like continually (always) believing, always loving, always overcoming the world, and always doing the righteousness, is the HYPER-Grace Effect from the Perfective Realities thus far enumerated.

Event-based confession-the “in and out” of the confession booth-ism, indicts the one who practices such to not be always fathered out from the God, to not be one always saved by the Son, nor one sealed by the Holy Insignia, the Guarantee of the inheritance of us.

Repentance and Faith: Conjoined Realities

The false-dilemma of saying that one also has to repent, or that one must first repent, then believe has generated a most unnecessary error, since “minding-after the right-announcement, the Gospel of the Godhead, and believing the Gospel are ‘conjoined realities.’” That is, as in the case of John 6:45 Jesus stated: “It is having been scripted and remaining scripted in the prophets: And all will be instructed ones of God. Everyone who listens from along-side the Father, that is, who learns is coming toward Me:” Any rational person would not ask of one who had learned from along-side the Father, “But did you listen?” For, it is understood by all rational beings that for one to have learned from along-side the Father required the pre-supposed reality of having listened to the Father; particularly, in this context: Listening, that is, learning are “conjoined realities.”

Likewise, in Acts 20:21 the KOINE Text utilizes the same Granville-Sharpe Construction concerning the “conjoined realities” of an after-mind and faith: “While thoroughly-observing both to Jews and Greeks an after-mind into God, that is, faith into our Controller Jesus!”

(Positive) Observation: Regrettable, indeed, is the zeal to negatively-observe both the Gospel of the Grace from God and also the messengers of the Great Gospel of the Godhead, that many accusers, negative-observers, are so quick to accuse, to negatively-observe, that they fail to consult the KOINE text. Doing so reveals that “faith into the Controller, Christ Jesus is a conjoined, presupposed reality with an after-mind:” To believe, therefore, is indicative of one having minded-after the Gospel of the Godhead. One does not believe without having minded-after the message, anymore than one in the Old Testament would have learned from along-side the Father without having listened to Him!

A Final Word

1:18. Certainly, on one hand, the preaching of the Logos of the cross is foolishness to the ones who are being destroyed by it. But, on the
other hand, it is power of God to us, the ones who are always being saved by Him; 19. for, it has been scripted, and continues to be scripted and remains in full effect: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise ones and will nullify the mental-collection of the intelligent ones.

 

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Hosannicide: How Mob Members and their Mob Mentality Kill, Steal, and Destroy

This post is not about the crowd, nor its mobsters: That is, whether they were the same people that shouted “Hosanna” as those that later shouted, “Crucify,” or not; rather it is about the change in sentiment that cost Jesus His life. When this author was just a youngster, he recalled an elegant preacher with the deportment and demeanor of a gentleman. He was highly touted; he was a recipient of a “lower-case” hosanna. I have since learned since that his demise occurred at the hands of a mob mentality expressed according to what is professionally called: “mobbing.” Mobbing according to contemporary psychological observations can, and does cause heightened emotional states, risking the mobbed one susceptible to stress-related illnesses: It’s distressful!
Articles have cited that it is not unusual for mobbing targets to suffer heart attacks or strokes, or even to commit suicide. Further, heightened emotional states can confuse the mobbed one, making it difficult for her or him to concentrate, and subsequently do his work of service: He might experience a severe bout of depression and subsequently realize that same depression inducing the initial early onset of dementia. Susceptibility to depression can soon spiral out of control, the mobbed one finds that he has no escape plan; and, having no exit strategy, eventually succumbs to the adverse health effects of what this article means by the term “Hosannicide:” That scholastic and genteel pastor about whom I had heard as a youngster was later diagnosed with early onset dementia, and eventually died from Alzheimer’s.
Yet, he was once lifted high, in order that those who incited the mob might dash him to pieces. When a youngster, I had only heard echoes of the hosannicide of that elegant pastor; he was, ironically, followed by another pastor, one also highly hailed, one that likewise received a “lower-case” hosanna; and, again, he, like the former, was soon mobbed: He was targeted, eventually overwhelmed, and finally he too succumbed to the swarming mass. (This youngster, however, noticed that the mob was led by the same mobsters as the previous mobbing event).
Of course, having acquired a taste for inciting a mob mentality, those Mobsters who incited the mob of old had by now acquired a seared conscience, and had begun to make sport of it. Another pastor came-I’m no longer a youngster at this time, but still quite a young person-and he too received a “lower-case” hosanna, he too was highly hailed…he too was mobbed, he was sent away like a scapegoat into an unknown wilderness. By now, all hope was lost that a Church could be found in which the Lord of Glory was actually the Lord, that is, the Controller of it: No expectation that a called out body of baptized believers, covenanted together for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission would ever be realized in our community: Perhaps hope was lost.
Nevertheless, another pastor came: He too received the laudation of a “lower-case” hosanna, he too was highly hailed; he took the oversight of the congregation, carefully instructing, shrewdly dealing with those that had become professionals at inciting a mob mentality. However, after enjoying a season of unprecedented growth, and education, they began to turn against that pastor also: What else could Mobsters do?
Their Palm branches now long shriveled, it was time to move toward their most favorite cry: Crucify, Crucify! However, he was far too wise for them all; for, he had an escape plan, an exit strategy! He had trained the one that would soon follow him: He had prepared him through education and example. So, when this former youngster emerged to receive the feigned laudation of their “lower-case” hosanna, things would not end the same; for this former youngster was wise beyond their years; and, had learned well, and had not entered their lair without knowledge of their feigned faith.
This pastor did not find himself alienating his support system at the time he would need it most. He began working diligently, training men, building and edifying them as he had been, pointing them all toward the One Who suffered from the emotional ordeal of knowing the joys of Hosanna, and the sorrows of Crucify: Jesus the Christ! Regrettably, mobbing targets often attempt to defend themselves or worse, to air out their grievances, repelling the very ones they need the most, losing their closest allies, alienating themselves from their supporters.
Jesus never became one, like anyone of us, who could be heard whining about His awful condition; rather He gave us an example to follow: He opened not His mouth. Hosannicde is unlawful in the United States of America: It presumes the right to deny the inalienable right of the Lord’s Church to peaceably assemble. Hosannicide presumes the right to ignore the terms and conditions of the New Covenant: The very birthright of the body members, including its pastor.
For this pastor, leading the local congregation to be observing Communion; especially, to be deliberately meeting the terms and conditions of it, led to the purging out of the old leaven: The pretense of the mob and its mobsters. Yes, they have made idle threats; but, because of this great nation, like all nations onto which God, the Father of Jesus Christ sheds His grace, and because of the New Covenant, the New Covenant in the blood of His Son, no one suffers any longer form even the possibility of “Hosannicide.” Praise God for our Good Shepherd Who has never orphaned us.
Jesus’s experience with Hosannicide began with His Triumphal Entry in Matthew 21:1-10, in which the masses followed Jesus as He walked from Jericho to Bethphage; then rode a donkey into Jerusalem: He deserved them shouting,

Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Matthew 21:9 (from Psalm 118:25-26)

Notice, our King has come, and He remains: In His Assembly, His Assembly of called-out, baptized believers, He is not rejected, and His ambassadors are not subject to “Hosannicide.” Praise God for His strategically localized New Covenant Churches; for, within them He is glorified, and His sheep are fed. Jesus has asserted His authority over those Mobsters and their Mob: Both are gone, once for all “purged-out” like the old leaven they are. All authority in heaven and upon the earth is given to Him, and His congregants kneel only to Him and to Him alone in spirit and in truth: We do not follow along with those that cry out, Crucify, Crucify! We absolutely do not engage in mobbing.
He did not deserve to experience Hosannicide; But they cried, saying: “Crucify him, crucify him.”
May God help all pastors that are engaged by the unlawful practice of mobbing! If you are encountering mobbing in your workplace; especially, in your service in the Assembly over which God has placed you as its overseer, know your rights, keep good records, document everything, guard His flock from the Mobsters, by unashamedly guarding yourself! Be shrewd as a serpent, yet gentle as a dove!

Antitypical Immersion

The water baptism that one will receive from Missionary Baptists is called: “Antitypical.” The term “antitypical” is the KOINE term found in 1 Peter 3:21 that states:

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” (KJV).

“which now an antitypical merger is also delivering us, not by a stand-away from filth of flesh; conversely, by a stipulation of a good conscience into God through resurrection of Jesus Christ” (KEV).

Thus, one can easily notice that the name: “Antitypical” is not the name “Baptismal Regeneration;” for it is a name for the kind of baptism that directly corresponds (anti) in type with the Flood of Noah. Through this kind of baptism, the “Antitypical” kind, not the imagined “regenerative kind” is one so baptized delivered “in corresponding type” just as Noah was delivered in actuality by the Flood.

Noah was delivered through the Flood waters from the compromised as well as the tyrannical hordes with which the compromised had conjoined themselves. Without the water, Noah’s divinely designed Ark would have been destroyed just as Noah and his family. Likewise, when one is baptized with water today, that is, baptized with water by those who have likewise received “antitypical” water baptism, then that one is united into the localized Assembly which administered the “antitypical” immersion.

Thus, for those extremists that deny the Bible doctrine of “antitypical” immersion, or advocate a “spirit kind of baptism,” do so while ignoring the unique (one) kind of baptism that finds those who administer it and those who receive it to be delivered “in exact type” through it as Noah was “actually” delivered through the Flood waters from the tyrannical hordes that sought only to harm him and his family.
Accordingly, then, those who receive antitypical immersion, are in exact-type as delivered from all that the Blood of Christ previously purchased them as Noah was completely delivered through the Flood waters from those that rejected God or compromised with those who had.

This “stigma” of baptism, antitypical baptism with water, administered by New Testament Assemblies stems from their enemies’ recognition of their deliverance (exodus) out from among them, the severance of ties with all that Christ has purchased, that is, redeemed them. Antitypical immersion is a believer’s “way out” from the world’s religions, theistic traditions, and worldly orders that, prior to redemption had once held them.
Consequently, then, through Scriptural, antitypical immersion, all who believe the Gospel exit, that is, are delivered from the world’s “Egyptianity” into one of the Lord’s strategically localized Assemblies: Assemblies localized throughout all the world: The historically unprecedented exodus, deliverance achieved through “antitypical” immersion has left a legacy of love for God known as the Trail of Blood!

Were antitypical immersion by water not available for those who have believed the Gospel, been regenerated through it, then how else could worldly ties be severed? How else could one “come out” from among them and be delivered? How could believers be delivered from their state-religious persecutors?

Martyrs Mirror stated:

From the time of Christ to the end of the world, God, through Christ, has taken away the ceremonies of the Mosaic law as well as the signs by which it is scaled; and, to the acknowledgment of the grace of Christ, commended the observance of other ceremonies and signs, as baptism, supper, etc. These external commandments, together with faith, and true penitence of life, which is the spiritual and moral virtue, the Lord has very strictly enjoined upon all members of the church of Christ. See Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 16, compared with I Cor. 11:2-28; also the entire epistles of the apostles, which treat of the fulfillment of the Mosaic ceremonial law, as Rom. 10:4; Gal. 4:10, 11 and 5:1-4; .Col. 2:16.

We arrive now at the point we had in view from the beginning, and which we shall now present more plainly and fully. It is certain that the Lord has spoken here of the preaching of the holy Gospel, of faith, of baptism, and of the manner of establishing and building up His church, as it was His will that the same should be built up and maintained through all ages. After saying this, He gave the before mentioned promise.

It is settled, therefore, that the visible church of Jesus Christ (for this is the one in whom the preaching of the holy Gospel, faith, baptism, and whatever there is more besides, have place) shall exist through all time, even unto the consummation of the ages; for, otherwise, the promise: “Lo, I am with you all the days,” etc., cannot be fulfilled in her.

Even as, besides preaching and faith, baptism shall continue in the church to the end of time, so also the holy supper: This appears from the words of Paul, I Cor. 11:2’6, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew forth the Lord’s death till he come.”

Thus, if mention is made here of the eating of the bread, the drinking of the cup, and the showing forth of the Lord’s death, with the additional clause that this shall be observed, and continue, till the Lord come (that is, the end of time, to judge the world), it follows that there will be, throughout all ages to the end of the world, a church which will observe the external ordinances of Christ not only in respect to holy baptism, but also to the holy supper, and the shewing forth of the Lord’s death; unless it can be shown that the words, “till he come,” have another signification, such as we have never yet met with in any commentator, since the text is not only too clear, but also too conclusive.* Compare this with Matt. 25:31; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16; Jude 14; Rev. 1:7; 22:12, 20.

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No Water for Baptismal Regeneration

As an apologist, one must clarify for the pre-primed advocates of Baptismal regeneration, as well as, those pre-primed against Missionary Baptists Apologists. That is, as a Missionary Baptist disallows for water in any particular text, and likewise demonstrates its impossibility, certain ones might present symptoms of pre-priming, that is, negative radicalizing that find such a person so primed as to be willing to accuse the Missionary Baptist apologist of advocating something called: “Spirit baptism.”
The accusation stems from a willingness to ignore the context in which a Missionary Baptist Apologist disallows water in any particular text; specifically, the contextually reality called: “No water for Baptismal Regeneration.”
The Missionary Baptist Apologist will not find water in any text for the purpose of advocating “Baptismal Regeneration,” nor will he find “Baptismal Regeneration” in texts that do mention water baptism.
Regrettably, even this faithful Apologetics and Outreach Ministry of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas has incurred the accusations by pre-primed, radicalized religionists who adamantly condemn our work stating: “If not water baptism, then you are advocating a spiritualized kind of baptism.” To which we at IAmKOINE.org, and Landmark Missionary Baptist Church graciously reply: “No water” refers only to “water for the purpose of Baptismal Regeneration;” however regrettable that extreme and completely unfounded accusation might be, a Missionary Baptist Apologist will not find “water for baptismal regeneration” in even one KOINE New Testament; nor will any religionist find a Missionary Baptist permitting any water baptism for the completely alien purpose called: “Baptismal Regeneration.”

Baptismal Regeneration

The phrase “Baptismal Regeneration” is the name of a “construct” that conveys to the reader or hearer, that some type of water baptism [The types and modes vary and are as numerous as the religions, religionists, traditions, and denominations that advocate the name: “Baptismal Regeneration”] is required, imposed, or administered, in order that generation [Birth, or New Birth], in part, might be achieved, initiated, or sustained.
The “complexity” of the construct known by the name: Baptismal Regeneration has generated so much chaos that even its advocates are wary to fully embrace it, as in the case of a very prolific author within Christendom, Max Lucado, who so de-emphasizes the name, Baptismal Regeneration, that many of his ardent fans and followers would have to be told that he is a practitioner of the art, and an advocate of the doctrine called: Baptismal Regeneration.
Also, the complexity of the construct and the conjoined realities of the chaos that has ensued for centuries are seldom evaluated according to the KOINE texts. First, the phrase, the name: “Baptismal Regeneration” does not appear anywhere in any KOINE text. Second, no text appears in any KOINE New Testament that contains the term Baptize and Regenerate, neither any text that includes Generate and Baptize.

Mark 16:16
TEXT: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
KOINE ὁ πιστεύσας καὶ βαπτισθεὶς σωθήσεται ὁ δὲ ἀπιστήσας κατακριθήσεται
Applying the KOINE formula for “conjoined nouns” when the first has an article and the second does not to the verbal substantives in Mark 16:16 by only changing the word “and” to the phrase “that is” allows the text to read accordingly:
“He that believeth, that is, is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (KEV)
Thusly, one realizes that the writer is speaking of “one thing” not two. The one thing about which KOINE is speaking is “believe.” The term “baptized” further describes “believe.” Thus, KOINE does not support any traditional construct that would impose or extract a “baptismal regenerative” doctrine onto or out from this text. KOINE dissolves the embarrassing difficulty associated with this text.
Further, one can observe that in Mark 16:16, the appearance of the terms “water, or regenerate” does not occur.
For the advocate of any form of the multi-variate doctrines called by the same name: “Baptismal Regeneration,” a KOINE text would need to exist that would translate into something like this:
He that believeth and is baptized into water by someone that also has been so baptized, for the purpose of being regenerated, that is, for the purpose of having one’s sins remitted, then she or he shall be saved, that is, born from above; but he that believeth not, as demonstrated by her or his refusal to be baptized into water accordingly, then she or he shall be damned.
After these numerous additions to the text, then Mark 16:16 begins to transform into that form otherwise omitted in all the KOINE New Testaments.

If IT CAN happen to someone like Max Lucado, then IT Can Happen to YOU!

If it can happen to Max Lucado, then it could happen to any one of us as well. Wikipedia.org described Max Lucado accordingly,
Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas. Lucado has written almost 100 books with 80 million copies in print, including three recipients of the Charles “Kip” Jordon Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year (Just Like Jesus, In the Grip of Grace, and When God Whispers Your Name), and has also appeared regularly on several bestseller lists including the New York Times Best Seller List. Lucado was named “America’s Pastor” by Christianity Today magazine and in 2005 was named by Reader’s Digest as “The Best Preacher in America.” He has also been featured on The Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, LLBN, and USA Today. He has been featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Nevertheless, even Brother James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries, speaks of “blind spots” against which interpreters must struggle. This article concerns the reality of that which Brother James White calls “blind spots;” specifically, as they function to skew religious constructs and their constructors: Religious constructs are influenced by numerous biases. Both the Constructor and the construct are skewed accordingly:
A “Construct” as a verb (transitive) means to compose or to frame mentally an argument, assertion, or even a sentence; as a noun the term refers to anything formulated or systematically constructed. A construct can be a very complex idea or thought that is the product of a synthesis of multiple simpler ideas. Further, a construct can be a model constructed for the purpose of correlating observable realities with theoretical ones.
The finitude of mankind; particularly, Dr. Max Lucado, assures that it is inevitable that all religious constructs will have some kind of flawed element, making all of them fallible. As far as divine conceptual constructs go, then, a finite man like Max Lucado lacks any corresponding reality for his concepts.
The finitude of a religious man can betray him, leading him to persist in his construction process, persuading himself that he is right. When a religious, finite constructor proceeds according to known fallacies, he might overly concern himself with fields outside the Bible, caring more that his religious, fallible construct not contradict finite philosophy or logic.
Consequently, when a certain one, like Dr. Max Lucado, constructs a religious construct, a construct like that expressed in the phrase “baptismal regeneration,” he might tend to co-depend upon certain rules of thumb, or heuristics, that help him to make sense out of the complex and undefined field of religion. Subsequently, then, at times these heuristics lead to skewed and systematic errors throughout the construction process. These Systemic errors (like errors of omission, and omission biases) are those that iterate during the construction process: They seem to arise from a series of cognitive biases in the way that religious constructors process Biblical texts and reach judgments. Because of cognitive biases, many religious constructors are certain to make skewed hermeneutical judgments. They are religious, fallible constructs, because they depend for their existence and character upon the biased elements of which they are constructed and the pattern or structure-the biases-that they inherit in the process.
Conversely, Biblical texts are infallible, spiritual constructs, because their construction occurred according to the process of Divine inspiration. Divinely inspired Scripts: Infallible Constructs unlike human-made constructs (which are similarly constructs of religious, and traditional elements: they are not teleologically determined to fulfill some divine purpose) are Divinely inspired infallible constructs teleologically constructed to fulfill the divine purpose; specifically, as scripted:  πᾶσα γραφὴ θεόπνευστος καὶ ὠφέλιμος πρὸς διδασκαλίαν πρὸς ἔλεγχον, πρὸς ἐπανόρθωσιν πρὸς παιδείαν τὴν ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ Each Script is a God-breathed Script and is a profitable Script toward doctrine, toward reproof, toward fully-upright orthodoxy, toward training in the righteousness.
Scripts are Divine constructs, therefore; but, Religious constructs, on the other hand, are designed according to skewed ingredients-biases-and, because of such biases are not genuinely infinite; and, of course not infallible. These religious constructs are oral, flawed mixtures with no autonomous inspired status: They are not constructs-that-are inspired, that is, God-breathed.
A number of biases have been verified repeatedly among religious studies, so one can be reasonably sure that these biases exist and that all religious constructors are prone to them:
The prior hypothesis bias refers to the fact that religious constructors who have strong prior beliefs about the relationship between two or more concepts tend to construct according to these beliefs, even when presented with evidence that their beliefs are incorrect, that is, unscripted. Moreover, they tend to seek and use information that is consistent with their prior beliefs (source bias) while ignoring information (source avoidance) that contradicts those beliefs.
To place this bias in a tactical context, it suggests that a religious constructor who has a strong prior belief that a certain element makes sense, might continue to pursue that element, even including it in his construct despite evidence that it is flawed or fallible.
Another well-known cognitive bias, escalating commitment, occurs when constructors, having already committed significant resources to a construct, commit even more resources even if they receive feedback that the construct is fallible. This may be an irrational response; a more logical response would be to abandon the construct and return to the Scripts, rather than escalate commitment. Feelings of personal responsibility for a construct seemingly induce religious constructors to commit to a construct, even persuading others that it is right, making nothing of contradicting Scripts: Evidence that their construct is flawed.
A third bias, reasoning by analogy, involves the use of simple analogies to make sense out of complex problems. The problem with this heuristic is that the analogy may not be valid: One religious constructor once stated: “Since a dead man cannot make a choice, then one dead in sins cannot make a choice.” This simple analogy proffered for the hearer might seem absurd, but, among the field of religious construction, this simple, very flawed analogy is considered valuable construction material.
A fourth cognitive bias is referred to as the illusion of control, or the tendency to overestimate one’s ability to control the religious construction process. General or top constructors, otherwise known as “leading brethren” seem to be particularly prone to this bias: Having risen to the top of their religious construction organization, they tend to be overconfident about their ability to so construct a religious construct as to surpass even the Scripted Constructs themselves, leading many to follow after them, rather than the One. According to those that labor in the word and doctrine, such overconfidence leads to what can be called the hubris hypothesis of conquests.
Proclaimers of Divine Scripts, Constructs, that is, the Texts argue that leading brethren are typically overconfident about their ability to create a religious construct by acquiring elements of others’ religious constructs; namely, historically and traditionally religious constructs. Thus, when a religious construct is evaluated in the light of the Divine Scripts they are found to be a product of a biased process: A process that includes errors of omission, source avoidance, and source bias; bold hubris, illusions of control, simple analogies; escalating commitment, prior beliefs, along with vested denominational and religious loyalties.
Consequently, then, one would do well to adhere to the divine constructs, the Scripts; for in so doing, one will not strive about words to no profit, that is, to the subverting of his hearers. Wherefore, one pursuing truth need only to study to demonstrate one’s self an approved worker unto God, The Divine Scripter, that is, Constructor, a workman that has no need to be ashamed, nor to construct any religious construct, rather only to rightly divide the word of truth: The Infallible Construct. Finally, one does well when he avoids profane and vain religious construction processes: For they only increase unto more ungodliness.
Finally, one would do well to proceed with caution when discussing religious constructs. That is, one demonstrates prudence when he notices among a religious construct the Omissive elements inherent within it: As a very precise example, Dr. Max Lucado, a very scholastic and faithful student of the Scriptures has affirmed that regeneration comes through water baptism. However, no Koine New Testament of any known kind indicates that regeneration comes through water baptism, that is, a text in KJV like Mark 16:16 which states:
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” In TR’s KOINE Text, the verse appears accordingly, “ὁ πιστεύσας καὶ βαπτισθεὶς σωθήσεται ὁ δὲ ἀπιστήσας κατακριθήσεται.” Fortunately, not even one Greek text of any known kind, mentions regeneration through water baptism. For the KJV text to teach that which Dr. Max Lucado’s “Blind Spot” prompts him to see would be accordingly, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be born again; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Where the Bible says: “Saved,” Dr. Max Lucado sees “Born, or Regenerated.” His vision is skewed by the process of presupposed “priming.” And, although very capable, and perhaps unsurpassed among contemporary writers, Dr. Max Lucado presents the very symptom of “blind spots” about which Dr. James White admonishes all Bible students to be aware. Fortunately, then, one need not be too arduous against one’s self or others when it comes to laboring in word and doctrine; for, it is a skewed work that inter-depends upon fellow brethren to collectively learn and collaboratively contribute to the mutual edification of each another. So energized is this construct: The Construct called, “Baptismal Regeneration,” that renowned men like John Piper have declared people to be damned for asserting, embracing, and advocating “Baptismal Regeneration.” Regrettably, Omissive errors are impossible for those that commit them to be aware, that is, they are incognizant of their error. Finally, as any student of KOINE, or even English Translations will notice that no text in KOINE, nor in ENGLISH Bibles contains any verse that supports the religious construct: “Baptismal Regeneration.” Such a construct is the product of a Blind Spot, an Omissive error!
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